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Holland America Line Increases Sea of Cortez Sailings

SEATTLE, Dec. 27 -- Holland America Line highlights Mexico's Sea of Cortez in 2008 by increasing to 15 the number of 10-day cruises it offers aboard the ms Ryndam through this spectacular area -- four more than in 2007. These cruises combine exceptional wildlife viewing and pristine natural beauty with the opportunity for shore excursions to such scenic treasures as Mexico's famed Copper Canyon. The Ryndam also will sail three Mexican Riviera cruises of varying lengths in 2008, while the ms Oosterdam will continue its popular, seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises, sailing a total of 28 in 2008. Total, Holland America Line will offer 46 Mexico cruises sailing roundtrip from the convenient homeport of San Diego in 2008.

"We provide our guests with an incomparable Mexico cruise experience," said Richard D, Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. "Whether guests choose sailing the Mexican Riviera with its exciting ports or 10 days exploring the Sea of Cortez and Baja California, they will enjoy an enriching vacation filled with new experiences and discoveries. Holland America Line offers an extraordinary number of shore excursions, sporting adventures and eco-tours so that guests can truly experience Mexico." Meadows also notes that the San Diego departure pier is just minutes from the city's airport and close to the downtown shopping and old town areas, allowing guests to explore the city on embarkation day or chose one of Holland America Line's pre- or post-cruise hotel options.

10-day Sea of Cortez Cruises
The 1,258-guest Ryndam features 10-day itineraries to the Sea of Cortez in both spring and fall 2008, when the best wildlife-watching opportunities occur. The ship sails eight cruises from February 5 to April 15 and seven cruises October 12 to December 11. Guests visit the ports of Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Topolobampo, Loreto, La Paz and Cabo San Lucas.

Holland America Line continues to be the only premium cruise line sailing the Sea of Cortez and the only line visiting Loreto and Topolobampo. Loreto features the historic San Javier Mission, founded in 1697 as Mexico's first Jesuit mission, and Topolobampo offers an exclusive, full-day excursion to Mexico's magnificent Copper Canyon. Only accessible by train, Copper Canyon's scenic rail journey is considered by many to be one of the most spectacular in the world and climbs from the sea to 7,200 feet above sea level and includes lunch at the Posada Barrancas. Other intriguing shore excursions range from snorkeling at Los Islotes (home to a sea lion colony) near La Paz to sport-fishing for tuna, marlin and billfish in Cabo San Lucas. 

Seven-day Mexican Riviera Sailings
In 2008 the 1,848-guest Oosterdam offers seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises departing Saturdays January 5 through April 19 and October 4 through December 27, including two holiday sailings. Guests have a full day in each port of call: Cabo San Lucas with its sea kayaking, whale-watching and snorkeling/diving opportunities; Mazatlan, famed for its beautiful beaches and resort flair; and Puerto Vallarta, where bustling markets and fine shops complement colonial charm. Guests also enjoy three relaxing days at sea when they can pamper themselves at the Oosterdam's Greenhouse Spa and Salon and laze in the sun around the ship's two outdoor swimming pools. The ship accommodates families well with its comprehensive Youth Program including Club HAL for kids ages 3 to 12 and The Loft, a teens-only lounge.

More Mexican Riviera Sailings
In addition, the Ryndam sails three Mexican Riviera cruises. The ship features a 12-day sailing April 25, 2008 from San Diego to Vancouver, BC, which calls at Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, La Paz and Cabo San Lucas before cruising up the West Coast.

On September 24, the Ryndam sails the reverse itinerary from Vancouver to San Diego on an 11-day Mexican Riviera cruise, calling at the same ports except La Paz.

The Ryndam then offers one seven-day day Mexican Riviera cruise on Oct. 5, 2008, which highlights Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas, before beginning its 10-day, fall Sea of Cortez sailings. 

For the holidays, the Ryndam will sail a 14-day cruise Dec. 21, 2008 and visits Manzanillo, Acapulco, Santa Cruz (Huatulco), Puerto Chiapas, Zihuatanejo, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Loreto, and Cabo San Lucas.

For more information, consult a travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

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Royal Caribbean Passengers Explore Alaska with Additional Land, Sea & Air Excursions on Offer

MIAMI, Dec. 27 -- If sledding with huskies in Juneau, exploring the wild Yukon in Skagway, and searching for bears in Ketchikan sound like perfect thrill-seeking journeys, guests aboard Royal Caribbean International's Alaska cruises are in for some new adventures, courtesy of the line's recently introduced shore excursion offerings. With more than 135 tours available in Southeast Alaska alone, Royal Caribbean's Explorations! program encourages guests to discover Alaska, and other Royal Caribbean ports-of-call, in unique and unexpected ways. Shore excursions are offered for guests of all ages, and at every activity level, for virtually every Royal Caribbean cruise itinerary.

"Our new Alaska shore excursions offer rich and scenic regional experiences on land, at sea and even in the sky," said Craig Milan, senior vice president, Land Operations for Royal Caribbean International. "We pride ourselves in continually adding new and enriching tours for all guests, as their palette for adventure is ever-changing."

Following are highlights of the 2007 Alaska shore excursion offerings:

  • Dog Sledding on the Mendenhall Glacier (Juneau) - By helicopter, guests can view crevasses and glacier-carved peaks from above, and, by land, experience awe-inspiring scenery while sledding through the natural beauty of Alaska, all under the direction of the Mendenhall Glacier dogsled camp.

  • Photo Safari by Land & Sea (Juneau) - During a breathtaking journey through the waterways of Juneau's Channel Islands, guests can capture the attractions and marine wildlife through photography lessons with a professional coach.

  • Yukon Exploration & White Pass Scenic Railway (Skagway) - Guests travel by motor coach along the Skagway River Canyon over the summit of White Pass into Canada's scenic and historic Yukon Territory. Following the footsteps of the original gold seekers, guests explore the popular Yukon sites of Pitchfork Falls, the White Pass Summit and Dead Horse Gulch. Travel back to Skagway on the White Pass and Yukon route railroad for a scenic and historic rail journey.

  • Glacier Point Wilderness Safari (Skagway) - Visitors travel through deep fjords, rain forests and majestic mountains on a guided wilderness safari. Their adventure includes a catamaran cruise through Alaska's deepest fjord, a nature walk offering breath-taking views of the Davidson Glacier tumbling into the lake below, and canoeing amid blue icebergs.

  • Anan Creek Bear Watch (Ketchikan) - Available to a limited number of guests, this exclusive excursion transports passengers by float plane to one of the most coveted bear-viewing venues in Alaska. Few natural settings provide a unique wildlife expedition as remote and beautiful as Anan Creek.

  • Mountain Point Snorkeling Adventure (Ketchikan) - Travelers can immerse themselves in Alaska's sea world when they snorkel the calm and clear waters of Mountain Point, while observing multicolored sea stars, urchins, sea cucumbers and giant sunflower stars.

Alaska shore excursions are available at and can be reserved in advance. Excursion details are also available as a downloadable brochure and are customizable by port city, ship and sail date. For additional information or to make reservations, go to or call (800) 327-6700.

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Costa Classica Debuts in Dubai

MIAMI, FL, Dec 26, 2006 – The Costa Classica made her debut in the Port of Dubai this past weekend, marking a historic first in the global cruise industry. Costa Crociere is the first international cruise company to homeport from Dubai, offering travelers uniquely rich itineraries throughout the Gulf region. The new cruises from Dubai will be offered throughout the 2006/2007 winter season, with additional capacity offered in the 2007-2008 season. Seven-day itineraries aboard the 53,000-ton Costa Classica include two nights in Dubai and one-day stopovers in the ports of Muscat, Fujairah (United Arab Emirates), Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) and Bahrain. The Costa Classica will depart from Dubai every Saturday. In all, the ship will make a total of 17 calls between December 22, 2006 and April 15, 2007. These sailings, marketed to Europeans and North Americans, will amount to 44,000 passengers. 

“We’re delighted to begin this new cruise program out of Dubai – a global first which establishes our place as a truly international operator on the world stage,” said Pier Luigi Foschi, Chairman & CEO of Costa Crociere. “These new itineraries are already proving to be very popular with our guests—and to this end we intend to significantly increase the number of cruises here next winter.”

Costa plans to deploy two cruise ships in Dubai for the 2007/2008 winter season—the 53,000-ton Costa Romantica and the 55,000-ton Costa Europa. These sailings will comprise a total of 25 calls (15 on the Costa Romantica and 10 on the Costa Europa) and 70,000 projected passengers (40,000 on the Costa Romantica and 30,000 on the Costa Europa). The two ships will be deployed on the same itinerary currently offered by the Costa Classica in the region. The Costa Romantica will set sail on Saturdays from December 21, 2007 to March 30, 2008 and the Costa Europa will depart every Sunday from December 22, 2007 through February 25, 2008. 

All Costa cruises departing from Dubai will include guided excursions in every port of call, giving guests the chance to visit some of the best local tourist attractions – places of natural beauty or historical and cultural interest. The program features desert adventures, trips to some of the most exclusive beaches in the Gulf region, visits to the finest mosques, historical buildings and museums, tours of the cities and their typical markets, and dolphin-watching cruises. 

With the arrival of Costa, cruise traffic in the Port of Dubai will enjoy substantial growth in terms of both calls and passengers handled. In 2005, the UAE port was used as a stopover on cruises 13 times, with 13,000 passengers utilizing the port. 20,000 passengers are forecast by the end of 2006 as Dubai will be used as a port of call on at least 50 cruises during the 2006/2007 winter season (October 2006-April 2007). 

Costa offers an experience that is delightfully different in service and cuisine, in an atmosphere filled with love, laughter and la dolce vita. It’s called “Cruising Italian Style” and true to its heritage, no detail has been overlooked in bringing the beauty and hospitality of Italy to the sea. Cruising Italian Style…that’s Amore! For reservations or more information, contact a travel agent, call (800) GO-COSTA or visit

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Royal Caribbean Intl Names Third Ship in Freedom Class

MIAMI, Dec. 21 -- Royal Caribbean International announced that the line's third and final Freedom-class ship will be named Independence of the Seas. The ship, currently under construction at Aker Yards in Turku, Finland, is set to make her debut in May 2008. She will follow Liberty of the Seas, which makes her entrance into New York City harbor May 3, 2007.

"Independence of the Seas will have all of the signature elements of her sister ships, Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas, making the Freedom- class ships the most innovative and forward-looking class of ships in the cruise industry," said Adam Goldstein, president for Royal Caribbean International. "Her name reflects the all-encompassing mindset behind Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas, where guests have the freedom to create their own unique adventure by choosing multiple onboard options, from active pursuits such as rock climbing, surfing or ice skating; to more relaxing experiences, such as spa treatments, fine dining or world-class entertainment."

At 160,000 GRT and holding 3,634 guests double-occupancy, Independence of the Seas will share the title of the world's largest cruise ship with Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas. Among new programs and onboard embellishments yet to be announced, amenities on Independence of the Seas will include the popular innovations already found on her sister ships including the FlowRider® surf simulator; the H20 Zone aqua park; cantilevered whirlpools, suspended 112 feet above the ocean; an ice-skating rink; a boxing ring; and the 1,215-square-foot Presidential Family Suite, which sleeps up to 14.

Beginning May 19, 2007, Liberty of the Seas will sail alternating seven- night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries year-round from Miami, calling on San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Labadee, Haiti in the east; and Labadee; Montego Bay, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico in the west. Liberty of the Seas will depart Miami on Saturdays while Freedom of the Seas, also sailing alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries out of Miami, will depart Sundays. For additional information or to make reservations, go to or call (800) 327-6700.

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Carnival Liberty to Operate Year-Round 7-day Caribbean Cruises from Miami Beginning in May 2008

MIAMI, Dec 20, 2006 – Carnival Cruise Lines’ 110,000-ton Carnival Liberty will launch a new seven-day Caribbean cruise schedule from Miami featuring a variety of tropical ports of call, including the cruise industry’s newest destination, Grand Turk, and the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay beginning in May 2008. In addition, Carnival Liberty’s sister ship, the new Carnival Freedom, will reposition to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to assume the Carnival Liberty’s popular six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises beginning in November 2008.

“Carnival is the Caribbean cruise leader and these new deployments offer consumers even greater opportunities to visit a variety of spectacular ports within the region aboard two of the cruise industry’s largest and most amenity-laden ships, Carnival Liberty and Carnival Freedom,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.

Carnival Liberty’s Week-Long Caribbean Cruises from Miami
Carnival Liberty’s year-round schedule of alternating seven-day “exotic” eastern and western Caribbean cruises from Miami debuts in May 2008 and offers an unmatched combination of popular island destinations and less visited ports of call. The “exotic” eastern Caribbean itinerary, operating May 31–Oct. 18, 2008, features Grand Turk, a pristine island offering gorgeous beaches and aqua-blue waters popular with snorkelers and scuba divers the world over, and Half Moon Cay, a private Bahamian island with magnificent beaches and a diversity of watersports. St. Thomas, known for its duty-free bargains and excellent beaches, and a full day call in San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital featuring outstanding restaurants and shops, round out this attractive itinerary. Beginning Nov. 1, 2008, Carnival Liberty’s seven-day eastern Caribbean cruises will call at San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten.

The western route, which begins May 24, 2008, is equally appealing, featuring visits to the popular seaside towns of Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Each of these resort destinations offers a diversity of cultures, interesting historical landmarks and attractions, excellent shopping and dining opportunities, and magnificent white-sand beaches, all of which are enjoyed in a distinctive laid-back Caribbean atmosphere. 

Carnival Freedom’s New 6- and 8-Day Cruises from Fort Lauderdale 
Following its previously announced 2008 Mediterranean/Greek Isles schedule and transatlantic crossing, Carnival Freedom will reposition to Fort Lauderdale to operate six- and eight-day cruises beginning November 22, 2008. Carnival Freedom is currently under construction at Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard and slated to debut in Europe March 5, 2007. 

On Carnival Freedom’s new schedule from Fort Lauderdale, currently operated by Carnival Liberty, six-day cruises depart Sundays and visit Freeport, Grand Cayman and Costa Maya, while eight-day voyages depart Saturdays and alternate to the eastern and exotic western Caribbean. Eight-day eastern Caribbean voyages feature five ports: San Juan, St. Thomas/St. John, Antigua, Tortola/Virgin Gorda, and Nassau. Western Caribbean cruises include Limon (Costa Rica), Colon (Panama) and Costa Maya. In addition to the convenience of a weekend departure, the six- and eight-day cruises offer unforgettable landside experiences, everything from visiting centuries-old ruins and archeological sites to snorkeling, scuba diving and other watersports opportunities, along with some of the world’s best beaches. 

Variety of ‘Fun Ship’ Amenities
Carnival Liberty and Carnival Freedom each offer a wide range of on-board facilities and features, including a 13,300-square-foot health club, 22 lounges and bars, four swimming pools and Carnival’s signature “Twister Waterslide.” Two of the most technologically advanced ships at sea, Carnival Liberty and Carnival Freedom also feature “100 percent bow to stern” wireless Internet access, cell phone service, and a 270-square-foot LED screen on Lido Deck displaying concerts, movies, and other programming.

Each ship also houses four restaurants, including twin two-level main dining rooms, an expansive casual poolside eatery and a steakhouse-style reservations-only supper club. Family-friendly amenities include a 4,200-square-foot “Camp Carnival” children’s play area and a 1,800-square-foot “Club O2” teen club. A wide range of spacious accommodation categories are available, many with private balconies, ideal for scenic Caribbean cruising. 

Carnival is currently accepting reservations for the new Caribbean schedules aboard Carnival Liberty and Carnival Freedom. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit

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SANTA CLARITA, CA, Dec. 20 -- Imagine having a job where seeing wildlife such as salmon-hunting bear, grazing caribou and soaring bald eagles is an everyday occurrence. Princess Tours, one of the largest tour companies in Alaska is offering just that, with a number of jobs available in Alaska for the 2007 summer season. Every summer Princess' Alaska operation springs to life with hundreds of new and returning seasonal employees who work together to provide its cruisetour passengers the best possible vacation experience in the majestic wilderness. To prepare for next season, the company is reaching out to potential employees from Alaska and around the country with a dedicated website listing Princess' Alaska job offerings at, which currently describes many positions available for summer 2007.

The company hires as many as 2,200 workers every May to September Alaska season, with staff members working in a variety of roles, including food & beverage, hotel services, transportation, maintenance and customer service, assisting travelers and contributing behind the scenes in the company's five wilderness lodges, private luxury railcars, and fleet of motorcoaches operating in 10 Alaskan cities, from Ketchikan to Fairbanks. offers full descriptions of available positions, such as driver-guides, passenger services representatives, mechanics, bartenders, luggage handlers, chefs, and many other opportunities. The site lists openings by job type and location, and offers a convenient online job application. Potential employees can even watch a video about Princess vacations in Alaska.

"We always look forward to a great group of people joining our team of seasonal Alaska employees," said Charlie Ball, president of Princess Tours. "Alaska is an exciting place to work for the summer, and our employees also come away with valuable customer service skills that can open the doors for future employment. It's a win for Princess and our employees."

Princess Alaska employees come from a variety of backgrounds and range in age from students to retirees. Job privileges include subsidized transportation to and from Alaska; discounted cruises; discounts at lodges and on rail transportation; and in some locations, even employee housing is available.

Princess is a leader in Alaska vacations, giving travelers the opportunity to combine a Gulf of Alaska cruise with the interior of Alaska experience for a complete land and sea package featuring highlights on this majestic state. On land, Princess Tours owns and operates five riverside wilderness lodges, a fleet of deluxe motorcoaches and 10 luxury rail cars to give passengers the best way to experience the Heart of Alaska. The company also provides turnaround services and shore excursions for Princess ships in Alaska. Additional information about Princess' Alaska job openings is available at

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Wind Surf Sails Into Caribbean Season With All Degrees of Difference Enhancements Completed

Seattle, WA, Dec 19, 2006 —Emerging from a five-week work period, Windstar Cruises’ motor sailing yacht Wind Surf sailed from Barbados on December 16 with all Degrees of Difference enhancements completed on board. The multi-million dollar investment added more luxury amenities on board and updated public spaces and staterooms. Two new luxury suites were added on the Bridge deck bringing the ship’s capacity to 312 guests. Work was also completed on technical operations of the ship.

“We created the Yacht Club as the social hub of the ship with computers, internet and espresso, much like today’s coffee house,” said Diane Moore, Windstar’s vice president of marketing and sales. “All stateroom and suite bathrooms have been updated and two new luxury suites were built for guests wanting more space to entertain.”

The Yacht Club replaces the library and provides comfortable seating for relaxing and socializing. An espresso bar offers gourmet coffee drinks and eight computers with Internet access are available; personal laptops may also connect to wireless Internet. A large flatscreen television anchors a seating area for group gatherings to watch special events such as the Oscars or the Super Bowl. A library of books, CDs and DVDs are available for checkout.

Two new luxury suites on the Wind Surf’s bridge deck are approximately 500-sq. feet each and include a living and dining area, separate bedroom with walk-in closet, and a marble bathroom with whirlpool tub and separate shower. Guests in the Bridge Suites will enjoy extra service amenities such as unpacking service, invitation to dine with Captain, laundry and pressing, evening appetizers, high tea service upon request, complimentary bottled water in the suite, chilled champagne upon arrival, and additional L’Occitane bath amenities. 

All suite and stateroom bathrooms have been remodeled for a more contemporary look with new fixtures, open glass shelves, new cabinets, granite countertops, porcelain sinks, and a magnifying mirror. Refinished teak floors retain the popular nautical style. Egyptian cotton towels and bath amenities by L’Occitane have recently been added. Also in the stateroom, desks have been resurfaced with granite and full length mirrors added. In suites, a second flat panel television and DVD player was added. Wireless internet is already available throughout the ship along with Bose SoundDock speakers in all staterooms, Apple iPod Nanos pre-loaded with music for complimentary check-out and laptops for rent.

In other areas of the ship, new weights and televisions were added to the gym. A pedicure chair and a couples massage room enhance the full-service WindSpa. New audio visual equipment was installed for meetings. The Veranda, where breakfast and lunch are served, has expanded its covered outdoor seating with new awnings. Balinese sun beds will soon be added to the Star deck and cooling mist sprays will be located near both pools.

The Bistro has been renamed Degrees and serves a Splichal-inspired steak house menu four nights a week and offers rotating menus from Northern Italy, France and Indonesia other nights. There is still no charge, but reservations are required.

Degrees of Difference updates will follow on the Wind Spirit in spring 2007 and the Wind Star in fall 2007. The Wind Surf, fresh from its Degrees of Difference updates for the 2007 Caribbean season, sails alternating northbound and southbound itineraries roundtrip from Bridgetown, Barbados.

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A Royal Rendezvous in Ft. Lauderdale: Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth 2 Set Sail for Simultaneous World Cruises in January 2007

VALENCIA, CA, Dec 19, 2006 - On January 10, 2007, maritime and Cunard ocean liner enthusiasts will have a rare opportunity to see the line's legendary liners - Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth 2 - set sail on simultaneous, but different, World Cruises. A Royal Rendezvous of the world's most famous ocean liners, the two iconic ships will depart Port Everglades, Florida on southward journeys; Queen Mary 2 on her first-ever World Cruise - an 81-day circumnavigation of the globe - and Queen Elizabeth 2 on her Silver Jubilee World Cruise - an exotic 108-day voyage marking her 25th around the world. Views of the historic event are available from several vantage points, including the 17th Street Causeway Bridge. At 5 p.m., viewers can also watch the ships sail together from Fort Lauderdale Beach, at either the pier or beach at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park.

"The start of any Cunard World Cruise is cause for celebration so we are doubly excited about this first-ever simultaneous departure from Ft. Lauderdale," said Carol Marlow, president and managing director of Cunard Line. "Watching these celebrated ships as they set sail on such extraordinary journeys is a thrilling experience, even for a veteran cruiser."

The World Cruises are just a part of the ships' compelling 2007 itineraries. In the coming year, the flagship Queen Mary 2 will offer an expanded season of transatlantic travel, as well as introduce a series of 10-day Connoisseur's Caribbean voyages and series of four-day Getaway sailings. Out of her homeport of Southampton, Queen Elizabeth 2 will depart for a range of magical European voyages, with the highlight being her 40th Anniversary Celebration Voyage, visiting Newcastle, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Greenock, where she was named by Her Majesty the Queen, 40 years ago to the day. The year concludes with the highly anticipated maiden voyages of the new Queen Victoria, which will mark the first time in Cunard's 167-year history that three Cunard Queens will be in service simultaneously.

Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2 and QE2, has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the epitome of British finesse since the company's first paddle-wheeled steamer, the Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840. Cunard voyages bring together like-minded travelers who relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star Service, fine dining, sophisticated adventure and the legacy of historic voyages and transatlantic travel.

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Power, Politics & Punditry Highlight Seabourn's 2007 Dress Circle Enrichment

MIAMI, Dec 18, 2006 -- Guests traveling on select cruises aboard The Yachts of Seabourn in 2007 will share their voyages with luminaries from the closely entwined worlds of international politics and investigative journalism. Seabourn has invited a trio of prominent personalities, each possessed of special knowledge on these topics, to sail on board and provide its guests with privileged insights into the inner workings of public policy and the news media, as a part of the Dress Circle onboard enrichment program.

  • David S. Broder is a Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for the Washington Post; a syndicated columnist whose insights are carried in over 300 newspapers nationwide, the author of half a dozen books on U.S. politics and a regular commentator on NBC’s Meet the Press; PBS’s Washington Week in Review and CNN’s Inside Politics. He will sail aboard Seabourn Pride’s 13-day cruise of “Rio & the Amazon” departing Rio de Janeiro on February 18, 2007.

  • Robert C. McFarlane is intimately familiar with the corridors of power, having served as national security advisor to President Reagan and in key White House posts in the Ford and Nixon administrations. As founder of Global Energy Systems and a director of the Washington Institute for Near East Studies, he is uniquely suited to join Seabourn Spirit's 16-day voyage to "Arabia, India & Orchid Isles" departing Dubai on November 20, 2007.

  • Bob Schieffer was the popular anchor of the CBS Evening News in 2005 and 2006, but his exemplary career as a broadcast journalist includes 20 years as anchor of the Saturday CBS Evening News, 15 years as moderator of the network's Sunday staple Face the Nation, and much more. As CBS chief Washington correspondent, he has covered presidential campaigns since 1972. He will be on board Seabourn Spirit's 14-day cruise of "Asian Capitals & Vietnam" departing Singapore on December 6, 2007. 

On Seabourn's yacht-like, 208-guest ships, guests will enjoy a privileged proximity to these celebrated experts, whose insights and anecdotes will surely add luster to the fascinating journey that they all will share. They will also enjoy Seabourn's Signature Delights including complimentary service of spirits and wines including French champagne throughout every cruise, gourmet cuisine created by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer, indulgent Pure Pampering therapeutic bathing selections from Molton Brown and an Exclusively Seabourn complimentary shoreside experience on every cruise.

With Early Booking Savings of up to 40%, fares for these cruises start from $6,333 per person, based on double occupancy of a 277-square foot ocean-view suite. Past guests of Seabourn or any member line of the World's Leading cruise Lines (Carnival, Costa, Cunard, Holland America, Princess or Windstar) qualify for VIP Savings of 50% and fares from $5,198 per person, double on some departures. For details, consult your travel agent, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit

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Family Travel Guide Posted to Crystal Cruises' Website

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 18 -- As Crystal Cruises experiences a surge in multigenerational travel, the luxury cruise line is expanding its website to offer guidance and advice for discerning families seeking to design the perfect family reunion vacation. Effective the last week in December, will feature a new section under special offers titled, "Family Reunion Cruises." There, travelers will discover why a Crystal cruise is ideal for family travel. From the convenience of only having to pack and unpack once while visiting multiple destinations to the exclusivity of a Crystal Private Adventure shore excursion for the whole family, Crystal Cruises offers the service, space, quality and choices for families of all ages and sizes.

"A family reunion aboard a cruise offers the opportunity of being together yet apart," says Nitsa Lewis, Crystal's vice president, marketing. "Crystal Cruises is known for its luxurious amenities for adults and sophisticated learning programs and entertainment. What some people don't know is that our attention to detail extends to an exceptional Junior Activities Program on summer Mediterranean and European cruises, as well as to other destinations, offering compelling onboard programming for children. This new area on our website is designed to enlighten and inspire family get-togethers."

Whether it is a renewal of vows, the reunion of a large multigenerational family or adult cousins looking for a luxury getaway, family planners can find a comprehensive overview of the value of family travel on a Crystal cruise and also information on how to contact a travel agent with expertise in booking family travel with Crystal Cruises. The dedicated section of the website offers a glimpse of the family-friendly opportunities and amenities offered on board, such as:

  • Junior Activities Directors (on select sailings, such as summer and holidays) to plan and supervise such "insider" activities as cookie baking in the galley, bridge visits with the Captain and interactive backstage costume events.

  • Dedicated children's playrooms with games and craft areas, and even Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation kiosks.

  • Multiple dining options with assigned group seating for dinners.

  • Inspired menus appealing to a variety of dietary requirements, including vegetarian, sugar- and gluten-free, and low carbohydrate.

  • Broadway-style shows for the whole family.

  • Group portrait photography opportunities.

  • Large families can earn free staterooms (limited availability).

  • A family of connoisseurs can reserve the Crystal Cruises Vintage Room for exclusive, intimate wine-makers dinners.

Depending on one's interests and time of year, families can choose from an array of destinations and cruise lengths, including a selection of convenient 7-day departures closer to home as well as voyages of 14 days and longer exploring exotic locales around the globe. Adds Lewis, "With worldwide cruises and service to cater every whim, families can create memories of a lifetime."

For additional information, please contact a travel agent or call 888-799-4625. Visit the luxury line's website at

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Announces 2008 Antarctica Itineraries

FORT LAUDERDALE, Dec 18, 2006 - Regent Seven Seas Cruises® has unveiled two Antarctica itineraries for 2008, offering guests a rare opportunity to experience the stark beauty and abundant wildlife of the White Continent amid the comfort of the world's top-rated expedition cruise ship, Explorer II. Regent Seven Seas will offer guests two round-trip itineraries in 2008, departing from the world's southernmost city of Ushuaia (Argentina) and sailing the Falkland Islands, Drake Passage and Antarctic Peninsula. A new, extended 14-night itinerary also includes South Georgia Island. 

"We are delighted to enhance Regent Seven Seas' 2008 Antarctica cruises with the addition of South Georgia," said Mark Conroy, Regent's president. "Exemplary itineraries, highly-trained expedition staff and lecturers and the world's best adventure cruise vessel make Regent's Antarctica voyages an unforgettable way to explore this largely unknown continent."

Setting sail on January 21, 2008 (11 nights) and February 1, 2008 (14 nights), both cruises begin with calls to the wildlife-rich shores of the Falkland Islands and the quaint village of Port Stanley, with its unique architecture, charming pubs and teahouses. The Explorer II then cruises the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula (with opportunities for disembarkation and exploration as weather permits) and then onward through Drake Passage. Before returning to Ushuaia, she'll also sail along Cape Horn, located at the confluence of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. New for 2008, the extended 14-night cruise also includes a call at South Georgia, featuring large colonies of king penguins, fur and elephant seals. 

January and February are peak summer months in Antarctica, bringing milder temperatures, longer days and unrivaled wildlife viewing: penguin chicks (and their parents, who gather by the tens of thousands to tend to them), seal pups and parents, whales, blooming snow algae, albatross and other seabirds, and spectacular glaciers and icebergs. Explorer II's team of naturalists, historians, marine biologists, geologists, and ornithologists will add immeasurably to guests' adventures in these pristine realms.

Though a range of shore excursions can accommodate more adventurous travelers, the state-of-the-art Explorer II provide guests a way to experience the beauty of Antarctica in stylish comfort, and its small size and maneuverability brings guests face-to-face with each of the sites. Recently rated among the world's top small cruise ships by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, Explorer II features a polished brass and wood interior with all ocean-view suites and staterooms, two open-seating restaurants, a full-service health club and a salon. Although the ship is designed to accommodate up to 394 passengers, Regent limits these cruises to 198 guests for maximum comfort.

Beneath its stylish exterior, the Explorer II features a strong steel foundation, including an ice-strengthened hull, bow and stern thrusters to make her extraordinarily maneuverable, and stabilizers to ensure a safe, smooth passage. Regent's expedition team of highly-trained naturalists and biologists, along with the high crew-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.5, ensures the ultimate relaxing and enriching voyage. 

Both programs include a one-night pre-cruise stay in Santiago (Chile); round-trip charter flights from Santiago to Ushuaia; a city tour and Patagonian lunch on day of embarkation in Ushuaia; and a complimentary backpack and parka. As with all Regent Seven Seas cruises, fares include all shipboard gratuities; complimentary beverages, including select wines and spirits served throughout the ship; and a refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, beer and bottled water replenished daily in higher stateroom categories. Through The Regent Travel Concierge, guests may select from a variety of exciting pre- and post-cruise land adventures, from horseback riding in Ushuaia to a guided walking tour of the city's Tierra del Fuego National Park, including a trek across the border to Chile. Air scheduling, routing, and carrier for free air offer is at Regent Seven Seas' sole discretion.

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New Winter Mediterranean Sailings Begin for Costa Concordia

MIAMI, FL, Dec 18, 2006 – Guests can experience the best of the Mediterranean and “Cruising Italian Style” aboard the stunning new Costa Concordia as she sails her inaugural winter season throughout the region. Departing on 10- and 11-night cruises to, Greece, Egypt, Turkey and Cyprus through April 4, 2007, travelers will visit exciting ports of call including Olympia, Athens, Rhodes, Alexandria and Izmir. 

While visiting Athens, guests will have the opportunity to go on a guided tour of the new “Myths and Archetypes in the Sea of Knowledge,” exhibition at the Greek capital’s Byzantine and Christian Museum. The exhibition is promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the support of Costa and the Regional Administrations of Campania and Sicily. It features more than 160 works by leading Italian figures in modern and contemporary art, which have been lent by Italy’s most prestigious museums and galleries. Among the artworks are two bronze sculptures by Marcello Mascherini, “Fauno disteso” (1958) and “Danzatrice con Colombe” (1959), which belong to Costa’s private collection and which were originally featured aboard Costa’s former ships, the “Federico C” and the “Franca C”.

Among the ports called on for the first time by the Costa Concordia on this new winter itinerary include Izmir, the Turkish city where Costa’s Chairman and CEO Pier Luigi Foschi was made an honorary citizen in 2004. Costa has doubled its schedule there, with a total of 52 calls compared to 26 in 2005. Further growth is forecasted in 2007, when Izmir will become a regular port of call on 7-night cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean on the Costa Serena, the sister ship of the Costa Concordia. She is currently under construction in Genoa and scheduled to be inaugurated in May 2007. 

Also sailing the Mediterranean this winter are the Costa Victoria and Costa Europa, which combined feature a total of 43 cruises. The Costa Victoria will depart from Savona on 10-night cruises to the Canary Islands. The Costa Europa will also use Savona as her homeport with two different routes, one to Egypt and the other to the Canary Islands. These routes, combined with Costa Concordia routes, confirm Costa’s leadership in offering the most year-round Mediterranean cruises. All of Costa’s ships sailing the Mediterranean in the winter are equipped with either retractable magrodomes or indoor pools, making poolside activities enjoyable at all times for guests. 

Costa’s newest flagship, the Costa Concordia, joined the Italian cruise line’s fleet in July of 2006. At 112,000 tons with a double occupancy of 3,780, she is the largest cruise ship in Costa’s growing fleet and the largest ship ever built for an Italian company. The ship features the Samsara Spa, the largest spa at sea with more than 20,000 square feet of wellness and relaxation space with breathtaking floor-to-ceiling views of the ocean. Specially created for Costa, the spa concept also features 67 exclusive accommodations with direct access to the spa. Additional features on the ship include a Grand Prix race car driving simulator and two pools with retractable magrodomes. 

Costa, Europe’s Number One Cruise Line, offers an experience that is delightfully different in service and cuisine, in an atmosphere filled with love, laughter and la dolce vita. It’s called “Cruising Italian Style” and true to its heritage, no detail has been overlooked in bringing the beauty and hospitality of Italy to the sea. Cruising Italian Style…that’s Amore! The ships of Costa range in size from 30,000-tons to 112,000-tons, and provide an ambience that is distinctly Italian – from the progressive architecture and stylish design to the unforgettable cuisine and gracious hospitality. With eleven ships in service and four on order, Costa offers cruises that span the globe on itineraries of three nights and longer throughout the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, South America, Transatlantic, Dubai, and the Far East.

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Carnival Corp. Exercises Option for New 130,000-Ton Ship
 for Carnival Cruise Lines

MIAMI, Dec. 18  -- Carnival Corporation & plc announced that it has exercised an option for a new 130,000-ton ship for its Carnival Cruise Lines brand. The new vessel, which will have 3,652 lower passenger berths, will be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri at its Monfalcone yard at an estimated all-in cost of 565 million euros. The ship is scheduled for delivery in summer 2010. The vessel will be a sister ship to a previously announced 130,000-ton ship slated to enter service in fall 2009 that will begin a new class for the line. The two sister ships will be the largest ever constructed for Carnival Cruise Lines.

"Carnival Cruise Lines remains the undisputed leader in contemporary cruising and these new ships represent the most spacious and innovative design ever created for a Carnival 'Fun Ship,'" said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO. "In addition to introducing a host of new and exciting facilities and features, this groundbreaking class of ship will enable us to build upon our distinction as world's most popular cruise line," he added.

With today's announcement, Carnival Cruise Lines now has four new ships on order or under construction with Fincantieri representing a combined 13,284 total lower berths. Corporate-wide, Carnival Corporation & plc now has 19 new ships on order, 13 of which are being constructed by Fincantieri.

Carnival Corporation & plc is the largest cruise vacation group in the world, with a portfolio of cruise brands in North America, Europe and Australia, comprised of Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, Windstar Cruises, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Ocean Village, P&O Cruises, Swan Hellenic, and P&O Cruises Australia. Together, these brands operate 81 ships totaling approximately 144,000 lower berths with 19 new ships scheduled to enter service between March 2007 and summer 2010. Carnival Corporation & plc also operates the leading tour companies in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon, Holland America Tours and Princess Tours. Traded on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, Carnival Corporation & plc is the only group in the world to be included in both the S&P 500 and the FTSE 100 indices. Additional information is available on-line at or

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NCL Corporation Announces New Longer Inter-Island Itinerary
 for Hawai'i in 2007-08

Miami, Dec 17, 2006 -- NCL Corporation ("NCL") today announced that beginning in September 2007 it will move Pride of Aloha to 10- and 11-day cruises from Honolulu sailing both inter-island itineraries mixed with Hawai'i cruises calling into Fanning Island in Kiribati, NCL’s Pacific Island hideaway just north of the Equator. 

Norwegian Sun will be redeployed to Miami to sail seven-day Western Caribbean cruises beginning in October 2007 through mid-April 2008. Norwegian Sun’s seven-day Western Caribbean itinerary features calls into Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya, Mexico; and a call into Great Stirrup Cay, NCL's private island. The ship will join Norwegian Pearl sailing nine- and five-day Southern and Western Caribbean cruises and Norwegian Jewel sailing seven-day Eastern Caribbean itineraries, offering a full complement of cruises to the most popular Caribbean destinations.

"We are now receiving very good feedback from our guests on the seven-day inter-island cruise, and we are increasingly hearing requests for a longer version of this destination-rich inter-island cruise including one or two days at sea," said Colin Veitch, president and CEO of NCL Corporation. "With these new 10- and 11-day itineraries, we can deliver expanded Hawai`i itineraries to our guests that include longer stays on the four main islands of Hawai'i, relaxing days at sea and spectacular coastal cruising."

Pride of Aloha begins her new deployment in September 2007. The 10-day Hawai`i only cruise features an overnight in Honolulu ensuring guests can enjoy all the wonderful sights in Oah'u; an overnight in Kaua'i; three days in Maui including a overnight in Kahului with a call into Lahaina; and calls into Hilo and Kona on the Big Island of Hawai'i. Highlights also include a night time sail by the Kīlauea Volcano and a day at sea cruising by the Nā Pali coast line and cruising the north coast of Moloka'i. The 11-day Hawai'i only cruises feature the same port of calls as the 10-day but include two days at sea with guests enjoying a sail by the Nā Pali coast line, a night time sail by the Kīlauea Volcano and sailing the north coast of Moloka'i and the north coast of Oah'u.

The 11-day Hawai'i/Fanning Island itineraries include an overnight in Kaua`i featuring a sail by the Nā Pali coast line at sunset; calls into Hilo and Kona on the Big Island of Hawai'i; a call into Kahului, Maui and a call into Fanning Island. Located 1,000 miles south of Hawai'i, Fanning Island, or Tabuaeran as it is know by the locals (from the Kiribati word meaning 'heavenly footprint') is an exotic South Pacific paradise. Guests enjoy a unique adventure, rarely available to modern travelers. Sea birds are plentiful, sea life is hugely diverse and snorkelers and divers marvel at the stunning coral reefs. Most notably though, the island is inhabited, and guests are welcomed by the 1,300 friendly Micronesian islanders, which is a highlight of the trip for many passengers. The Hawai`i/Fanning Island cruises are scheduled for every fourth Pride of Aloha cruise. 

Pride of America and Pride of Hawai'i continue their popular seven-day inter-island cruises calling on all four main islands featuring 100 hours in port with overnights in Kaua'i and Maui. Pride of America features Saturday departures from Honolulu with calls into Hilo, Hawai`i; an overnight in Kahului; Maui; Kona, Hawai`i; and an overnight in Nāwiliwili, Kaua'i. The newest addition to the NCL America fleet, Pride of Hawai`i, began her seven-day inter-island cruises from Honolulu on June 5, 2006. She offers Monday departures calling on Hilo, Hawai`i; an overnight in Kahului; Maui; Kona; Hawai`i; and an overnight in Nāwiliwili, Kaua'i.

Pride of Aloha and Norwegian Sun’s new cruises go on sale December 27. Detailed itineraries will also be available on on December 27.

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Norwegian Cruise Line Christens Norwegian Pearl - Its Newest Freestyle Cruising Vessel

Miami - Dec 16, 2006 -- At an official ceremony at the Port of Miami today, popular talk show host and Emmy® Award-winner Rosie O'Donnell served as Godmother and christened Norwegian Cruise Line's (NCL) newest ship, Norwegian Pearl. The new 93,530-ton Freestyle Cruising vessel boasts an industry first - a four-lane ten-pin bowling alley; and two NCL firsts - a rock-climbing wall and two top-of-the-ship Deluxe Owner's Suites. The christening ceremony took place on board the striking Norwegian Pearl and included remarks from Star Cruises Chairman Tan Sri KT Lim, NCL Corporation President and CEO Colin Veitch and O'Donnell. Approximately 2,400 guests were in attendance for the ceremony that also commemorated the company's 40th birthday and kicked off a year-long birthday celebration.

"We are pleased to have such a talented performer as Rosie O'Donnell serve as the ship's Godmother and help us welcome our newest Freestyle Cruising vessel, Norwegian Pearl, to the rapidly expanding NCL fleet," said Star Cruises Chairman Tan Sri KT Lim. "With all of her striking features, Norwegian Pearl illustrates how far NCL has come over the last 40 years as the industry's most innovative cruise line."

"The first on-board bowling alley, coupled with the rest of the ship's irresistible amenities, make Norwegian Pearl one of the most exciting ships at sea," NCL Corporation's President and CEO Colin Veitch said. "Since initiating the first Caribbean cruise 40 years ago, NCL has blazed a trail of innovation in the cruise industry. Today, we continue that tradition by introducing our latest treasure, Norwegian Pearl."

"I am proud to christen Norwegian Pearl and help NCL celebrate 40 successful years," O'Donnell said. "With their family-friendly accommodations and endless on-board activities and amenities, NCL has been an excellent partner for our R Family Vacations chartered cruises. I look forward to introducing my own family to Norwegian Pearl!"

Norwegian Pearl accommodates 2,394 guests and includes a world of innovative features and amenities, including 10 restaurants, 13 bars and lounges, two swimming pools and a casino, among others. The ship is the seventh vessel purpose-built for NCL;s signature Freestyle Cruising - an approach to cruising unlike any other offered in the industry. Freestyle Cruising leaves regimented schedules behind, and is characterized by having no fixed dining times, no formal dress codes, relaxed disembarkation, up to 10 different restaurants and even more lounges, bars, theatres and other entertainment and activity options.

NCL's industry first - a four-lane, ten-pin bowling alley at sea - is part of an all-new, all-day entertainment, sports bar and nightclub complex called Bliss Ultra Lounge and Night Club. During the day, Bliss is a sports bar with a bowling alley, multiple flat-screen televisions and arcade games. In the evening, Bliss transforms into a hip, high-energy ultra-lounge, with plasma screens playing video tracks to the non-stop music spun by Norwegian Pearl's own DJ. A spacious dance floor, full bar and mood-lit bowling all add to the atmosphere of a completely unique seagoing experience. Norwegian Pearl also features a rock climbing wall, another first for NCL. Constructed at the back of the ship's funnel on deck 14, the wall stands at an impressive 30 feet in height and 19 feet in width and has been designed with five different climbing routes, each with varying degrees of difficulty.

Beginning in January, Norwegian Pearl will sail a five- and nine-day Western and Southern Caribbean schedule. Ports of call on the five-day Western Caribbean itinerary include stops in Cozumel, Mexico and Belize City, Belize. The nine-day Southern Caribbean route includes calls in Roseau, Dominica; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; St. John's, Antigua; and Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

The ship will then spend summer 2007 in Seattle, where she will sail a seven-day Alaska Inside Passage itinerary with calls in Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, Alaska; Glacier Bay; and Victoria, British Columbia. In fall 2007 through spring 2008, Norwegian Pearl returns to Miami and resumes her alternating five- and nine-day Western and Southern Caribbean sailings with a change in itineraries: on the five-day, Georgetown, Grand Cayman replaces Belize City, Belize; and on the nine-day, Samana, Dominican Republic replaces Roseau, Dominica.

NCL is currently building Norwegian Gem for delivery in October of 2007. In addition, NCL plans to build up to three new third generation Freestyle Cruising ships for delivery between 2009 and 2011. NCL is on target to have the youngest fleet in the industry by 2010, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy the flexibility of Freestyle Cruising on the newest, most contemporary ships at sea.

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Spotlight Shines On Two New Holland America Line Production Shows

SEATTLE, Dec. 15 -- Fashion hits the high seas as legendary Hollywood designer Bob Mackie creates 55 original costumes for a series of Broadway-style productions on Holland America Line. Titled "The Hits of Broadway, the Designs of Bob Mackie" and "Love Songs from Broadway, Designs from Bob Mackie," the two shows highlight the most popular hits of the Broadway musical songbook and are currently being performed on six ships: ms Amsterdam, ms Rotterdam, ms Ryndam, ms Statendam, ms Veendam, and ms Zaandam.

Mackie has designed for some of the most beautiful and charismatic women in the world including Carol Burnett, Diahann Carroll, Cher, Mitzi Gaynor, Eva Longoria, Madonna, Ann-Margret, Bernadette Peters, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, and America's number one sweetheart, the Barbie® Doll.

"The quality of our shows and entertainment offerings are beautifully enhanced by Bob Mackie's gorgeous wardrobes that illustrate why his designs have kept him at the top of his field," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, senior vice president, marketing and sales. "We are thrilled with our ongoing partnership and the outcome, which take our productions to an even higher level."

In a long association with the premium cruise line, these are the sixth and seventh shows showcasing stunning Mackie originals onboard Holland America. All of the costumes that Mackie has designed for the line have an approximate total value of $700,000 and are the perfect complement to the talented performance staff. Each of the 50-minute concerts is performed by a cast of 16 singers, dancers and musicians. The Mackie-inspired shows top a roster of more than 40 other production spectaculars currently being performed throughout the 13 ship fleet.

Guests also can enjoy a wide variety of shipboard entertainment including comedians, musicians and magicians; the fascinating and informative presentations of the Explorations Speakers Series; Culinary Arts Center demonstrations and a "Sports of Call" program. For a cruise brochure or for more information on Holland America Line, consult a professional travel agent, call 877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

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Carnival Corp & plc and TUI AG Sign Letter of Intent to Form Joint Venture for Large-Scale German Cruise Operation

MIAMI, FL & HANOVER, GERMANY, Dec 15 – Carnival Corporation, the largest cruise vacation group in the world, and TUI AG, the world’s largest tour operator, have announced the signing of a letter of intent to form a joint venture company to develop, market and operate two cruise brands – Carnival’s existing AIDA Cruises and a new TUI Cruises brand – both designed for the German-speaking holiday market. AIDA, the German affiliate of Costa Crociere S.p.A., is currently the market leader in Germany with its “club resort” cruise concept aimed at younger, more active passengers. AIDA currently operates a four-ship fleet, with four additional ships under construction at Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard and scheduled for delivery between 2007 and 2010. 

Under the proposed joint venture agreement, a new TUI Cruises brand, which will target a different segment of the German cruise market, will be developed. It is expected that the first TUI branded ship, with an estimated 3,000 passenger berths, will be delivered in spring of 2010. The new joint venture company will be managed under the direction of Pier Luigi Foschi, chairman and CEO of Carnival’s Costa Cruises unit, who currently oversees Carnival’s German operations, including AIDA. Michael Thamm, president of AIDA Cruises, based in Rostock, Germany, will become president of the new joint venture company.

The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2007 pending approval of both companies boards of directors, all necessary regulatory approvals, customary due diligence and the execution of definitive agreements. Additional information is available on-line at and

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Great Gift Idea: Guarantee Fare on Seabourn's Greek Isles

MIAMI, Dec 14, 2006 -- It might not qualify as a stocking stuffer, but The Yachts of Seabourn is playing Santa with a sugarplum offer of a special Guarantee Fare on a seven-day voyage of the “Greek Isles and Turquoise Coast” aboard its intimate, all-suite Seabourn Spirit. Cruise only fare is $3,995 per person, based on double occupancy of a 277-square foot ocean-view suite in category A or better. The specific suite will be confirmed by Seabourn 30 days prior to departure.

The cruise departs Athens(Piraeus) on June 23, 2007and visits the Greek isles of Mykonos, Mylos and Patmos, as well as Fethiye and Kusadasi in Turkeybefore ending at Istanbulon June 30. At Kusadasi, all Seabourn Spirit guests will be invited to a complimentary “Exclusively Seabourn” evening reception and concert in the ruins of ancient Ephesusafter the site is closed to the public. 

Aside from the breathtaking ports of call, guests will enjoy Signature Delights including complimentary service of spirits and wines including French champagne throughout the cruise, gourmet cuisine created by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer, and indulgent Pure Pampering therapeutic bathing selections from Molton Brown.

For details, contact your travel agent, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit

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Windstar Wins a 2006 Best Cruise Value Award

Seattle, WA, Dec 14, 2006 — Windstar Cruises has again earned recognition as the “Best Overall Cruise Value” in the “High-Deluxe”, 5-Star+, Small-Ship category from the prestigious World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society (WOCLS).

“We are proud of our three beautiful sailing ships and all the hard work our crew puts into creating a vacation experience that is 180 Degrees from Ordinary,” said Diane Moore, Windstar’s vice president of marketing and sales. “This recognition is very meaningful for us all as we continue to evolve our fleet to offer our guests the finest cruise experience.”

In 2006, Windstar invested in luxury amenities on board all three ships including luxury linens and mattresses, L’Occitane bath amenities, Riedel stemware in The Restaurant, new menus by acclaimed Chef Joachim Splichal, wireless internet, Apple iPod Nanos and more. Guests sailing in 2007 will benefit from another multi-million dollar investment in the Windstar fleet, with extensive improvements to public spaces and more amenities on board.

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Celebrity Cruises Expands 'Celebrity Expeditions'; Adds Celebrity Quest to Exotic Brand Extension 

MIAMI, Dec. 14 -- Celebrity Cruises has taken another significant step in its quest to expand the "Celebrity Expeditions" extension of the brand. Celebrity Quest will join Celebrity Expeditions in 2007, pairing new avenues for delivering the "Celebrity Treatment" with exotic new itineraries for the vessel and its sister ship, Celebrity Journey. The three-ship class includes Celebrity Xpedition, which has sailed in the Galapagos Islands since 2004.

"Rounding out the Celebrity brand has been a strong focus for our company, and the expansion of Celebrity Expeditions furthers that strategic objective," said Celebrity's President Dan Hanrahan. "Celebrity Quest, Celebrity Journey and Celebrity Xpedition combined represent a natural extension of the brand as we move into new markets with tailored-to-market products."

The 710-guest Celebrity Quest, most recently sailing as Blue Moon for Pullmantur, will join the Celebrity Expeditions fleet in October 2007. Like Celebrity Journey, which sets sail in May 2007, the vessel's smaller size allows for greater versatility in deployment, allowing Celebrity to offer guests exceptional destination experiences, while adding 32 new ports to the line's itinerary portfolio. With those, the Celebrity brand next year will call on 247 ports.

"These smaller, upscale ships are the perfect complements to the premium destinations they'll visit, while offering the best of what the Celebrity brand is all about - unparalleled service, extraordinary dining experiences, revitalizing spa programs, truly exotic destinations and exceptional shore excursions," said Hanrahan.

Unique to Celebrity Journey and Celebrity Quest will be a more exclusive guest experience, with two specialty restaurants, 15 classes of accommodations, butler service and concierge amenities in every stateroom and suite, and expanded spa services, including in-room offerings. Both Celebrity Journey and Celebrity Quest will undergo a combined $35-million revitalization during separate one-month drydock periods to incorporate 32 new suites on each ship, entirely new bedding and soft goods, and a variety of Celebrity's most popular signature elements, including the Martini Bar, Cova Cafe, Sushi Cafe, Michael's Club jazz/piano bar, casino, Boutique C, AquaSpa by Elemis, Acupuncture at Sea and .

Celebrity Journey will sail seven-night Bermuda cruises from May through October 2007, then will present an exceptional series of 12- to 18-night cruises in remote areas of Antarctica, Brazil, the Chilean Fjords and other faraway regions of South America, from October 2007 through April 2008.

Celebrity Quest will make its first sailing under the Celebrity Expeditions banner in October 2007, introducing a series of 12- to 14-night Caribbean sailings featuring several first-time ports of call, including those in St. Barts, Guadeloupe, Dominica, and Turks & Caicos, followed by a series of 14-night Eastbound and Westbound Panama Canal itineraries featuring some of the most exotic destinations in Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. Additionally, each port will feature a new, immersive series of shore excursions. Celebrity Quest was constructed in France and entered service in November 2000 as R7. Like Celebrity Journey, the ship is 30,277-grt and has 355 staterooms.

Fortifying the Celebrity fleet remains a strong focus for the company, with the expansion of Celebrity Expeditions falling on the heels of announcements for three extraordinary new ships: Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Equinox, and a third Solstice-class ship, launching in 2008, 2009 and 2010, respectively. Setting the stage for the build-up was a $55-million revitalization of Celebrity's Century, completed in May. Central to Celebrity's recent expansion was the agreement between Celebrity's parent company, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL), and the shareholders of Madrid-based cruise and tour operator Pullmantur S.A., signed in August, to buy all the company's capital stock. In October, RCCL announced plans to swap Celebrity's Zenith with Pullmantur's Blue Dream, renamed Celebrity Journey, which enters service in Bermuda in May 2007. RCCL completed its purchase of Pullmantur on November 14, 2006.For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800- 437-3111 or visit the Celebrity web site at 

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Carnival Cruise Lines Completes Fleetwide Implementation 
of Cellular Phone Service

MIAMI, Dec. 14 -- With the installation of cellular phone technology aboard the 2,974-passenger Carnival Liberty earlier this week, Carnival Cruise Lines has completed the fleetwide implementation of cell phone service aboard all 21 of its "Fun Ships." With the new service, made possible through an agreement between Carnival and Wireless Maritime Services (WMS), a joint venture of Cingular Wireless and Maritime Telecommunications Network, guests sailing aboard the "Fun Ships" can make and receive calls and transmit text and multimedia messages from their personal cell phones, BlackBerrys or similar devices while at sea.

"Since we launched cell phone service last summer, response has been excellent. Our guests are making maximum use of the opportunity to utilize this convenient and cost-effective means for keeping in touch with friends, family members and business associates back home," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.

Utilizing WMS' state-of-the-art high-bandwidth technology, the new fleetwide service is compatible with virtually any cellular telephone and enables guests sailing on Carnival to make and receive calls and send messages anywhere in the world from any cruising region. 
The service requires no additional software or special dialing procedures; guests simply make and receive calls as well as transmit text and multimedia messages as they would on land using their personal cell phone. International roaming fees apply to all shipboard cell phone calls.

Fleetwide cell phone service is just one way that Carnival helps guests stay connected while sailing aboard the "Fun Ships." Recently, the line completed fleetwide implementation of strategically positioned "wi-fi" hotspots that enable guests to access Web sites and send e-mails via any wireless-equipped laptop computer from all lounges, bars, pool areas, open decks, dining venues and suite accommodations. Additionally, Carnival Valor and Carnival Liberty are the only cruise ships in the world offering "100 percent bow-to-stern" wireless Internet access.

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Silversea Sweetens Guest Dreams With Fleetwide Bedding Upgrades

Ft. Lauderdale, Dec 14 - Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises is set to enhance the bedtime sleep experience for its guests with the installation of new Sealy Posturepedic Plush EuroTop mattresses aboard its entire fleet of four all-suite ships. Also, the line's top suites, Owner's, Grand, Royal and Rossellini, will feature Stearns & Foster Plush ultra-luxury beds that provide 10% more sleep surface than a conventional mattress. The new beds, custom designed by Sealy exclusively for Silversea, will debut aboard Silver Shadow just in time for its 126-day World Cruise departing Fort Lauderdale on January 15, 2007, and will be rolled out to the rest of the fleet during the following months.

"We want to ensure our guests enjoy a totally rejuvenating and restful night's sleep," said Erling Frydenberg, Silversea's chief operations officer. "Our new Sealy and Stearns & Foster beds are built for absolute comfort and feature the latest innovations in mattress design, including extra cushioning layers on top that help absorb pressure and gently cradle the body. The result is a very refreshing slumber experience." 

The new mattresses are set to complement a luxurious selection of bedding amenities that already includes fluffy goose down duvets, sheets made of 100% fine Egyptian cotton (thread count 320) and a choice of pillows. The line's standard pillow is a soft goose down and feather blend, but guests may opt for a firmer goose down and feather pillow, or a synthetic one that's hypoallergenic, or even a contour pillow of therapeutic foam.

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Celebrating Time-Honored British Traditions, Cunard Line Introduces Wedgwood Tea Service

VALENCIA, CA,  Dec 14 - Catering to the preferences and palates of its well-heeled passengers, Cunard introduced Wedgwood Tea Service aboard its flagship Queen Mary 2 and legendary Queen Elizabeth 2. The selection of 23 premium teas includes traditional varieties such as Darjeeling and Orange Pekoe, as well as new flavors specially developed by Wedgwood to suit the tastes of Cunard guests. With the introduction of the new teas and a new tea menu, Cunard's quintessentially British onboard experience is further enhanced and perfectly paired with the Line's renowned White Star ServiceSM.

"The introduction of this wide range of Wedgwood teas is a perfect complement to our extensive Wedgwood china collection and underscores the very British experience that passengers expect aboard a Cunard ocean liner," said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line. "Whether enjoying afternoon tea, shopping at Harrod's or posting letters in a traditional Royal Mail box, the contemporary Cunard experience continues to be defined by the Line's rich British heritage."

The Wedgwood Tea selection includes Assam, Ceylon, Darjeeling Pure teas, Earl Grey, English Afternoon, English Breakfast, Japanese Green Tea, Jasmine, Lapsang Souchong, Queen Ann, Orange Pekoe, Wedgwood Original, Camomile, Forrest Berries, Lemon Grass and Peppermint among many others. A new Wedgwood tea menu provides detailed descriptions on the flavors and origins of each variety and traces tea's history in China, Japan, Europe, America, Russia and India.

The full line of Wedgwood teas is available aboard Queen Mary 2 in the daily tea service offered in the Queens Grill Lounge featuring finger sandwiches, sweet pastries and warm scones served with jam and fresh cream. The teas are also available in the Queens Grill and Princess Grill accommodations and restaurants, the Grills Concierge Lounge as well as in other cocktail lounges upon request. Guests will also be able to enjoy the new teas in the ship's new Britannia Club restaurant, debuting in spring 2007.

Aboard QE2, the teas are available in Queens, Princess and Britannia Grill accommodations and restaurants. Additionally, guests can enjoy the teas in the Queens Grill Lounge and in cocktail lounges upon request.

Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2 and QE2, has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the epitome of British finesse since the company's first paddle-wheeled steamer, the Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840. Onboard, guests revel in extravagant musical productions in spacious theaters, stimulating activities and fascinating lectures, superb gourmet dining prepared by world-class chefs, sporting pursuits, revitalizing spa treatments and shopping in world-class boutiques. For more information about Cunard, call 1-800-7-CUNARD or go to

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Holland America Line Best Overall Cruise Value According to 
World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society

SEATTLE, Dec. 14 -- World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society (WOCLS) members named Holland America Line as the Best Overall Cruise Value in the industry. The premium line, which recently completed a $225 million Signature of Excellence enhancement program, was honored with the distinction for the 15th year in a row.

"I'm honored to again have Holland America Line recognized by the members of the World Ocean and Cruise Liner Society," said Stein Kruse, president and chief executive officer. "Our investment in Signature of Excellence enhancements certainly has helped keep Holland America at the top of the premium market and we intend to remain there through innovative on-going programs and upgrades."

WOCLS is a 24-year-old organization comprised of thousands of experienced cruisers who average taking two cruises a year. The society reviews all cruise lines annually and noted in its monthly publication, Ocean and Cruise News, that "Holland America Line passengers continue to mention the excellent value that the line provides and with the recent completion of their Signature of Excellence program, Holland America Line easily wins again. Further adding to the sense of value is the consistency of the product across its entire fleet of ships."

Signature of Excellence enhancements added features such as the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine, a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes; Explorations Cafe powered by The New York Times; teens-only activity areas; and all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream Beds.

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Star Clippers' Grand Med Voyages Feature Longer Itineraries & 
Diverse Ports of Call

MIAMI, Dec. 13 -- Guests seeking a longer sailing adventure can take advantage of Star Clippers' four Grand Mediterranean Voyages in 2007. Departing in April, September and October, the 12- or 14-night itineraries are filled with a variety of destinations, ranging from ancient capitals filled with endless mysteries to less-visited playgrounds lined with pristine beaches and awe-inspiring horizons.

Royal Clipper's 12-night cruise departing Oct. 20 sails from Rome Italy, to Lisbon, Portugal, and visits five different countries and ports that exude mystery, culture and romance. The 227-guest ship calls at Bonifacio, Corsica; Mahon, Menorca; Ibiza, Motril, and Cadiz Spain; Safi, Casablanca and Tangier, Morocco, and Portimao, Portugal.

Star Clipper sails two distinctly different 12-night journeys that take the ship to six countries in the region. Departing on April 23, the Lisbon to Barcelona, Spain, cruise highlights the best of Iberia and Morocco. Ports of call include Portimao; Cadiz, Motril, Ibiza and Valencia, Spain; Tangier and Casablanca; Palma, Mallorca, and Mahon. The port-intense Cannes to Athens cruise sets sail on Sept. 29 and visits an enticing menu of destinations throughout the western Mediterranean, including an evening sail past the still-active Stromboli Volcano. The 170-guest ship calls Calvi and Bonifacio, Corsica; Ponza, Sorrento and Lipari, Italy; Taormina, Sicily, and Katakolon, Yithion, Santorini and Mykonos, Greece.

Marking the line's longest Mediterranean voyage of the season, Star Flyer sails a 14-night Athens to Malaga, Spain, cruise departing Sept. 29 that blends breathtaking ports and leisurely sea days to relax and rejuvenate. Guests will have time ashore in Palermo, Sicily, and Mykonos, Santorini, Yithion, Katakolon, Taormina, Palma, Ibiza and Motril. 

Star Clippers combines the pampered luxury of mega-yacht cruising with the exhilarating thrill of sailing aboard an authentic clipper ship. Guests rediscover what sailing was like during the glorious age of the tall ships while visiting intimate ports of call untouched by larger cruise ships. The four- and five-masted clipper ships feature a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere. Passengers dress in resort-casual attire and dine in one unhurried, open seating. Whether unwinding in the bowsprit net while gazing at the sea below or climbing the mast for a panoramic view of the horizon, a unique sailing adventure awaits. 

Early bookings were strong for Star Clippers' 2006 summer Mediterranean season, so guests are encouraged to reserve space early to avoid disappointment, save with Advance Purchase Discounts, and ensure they get the cabin of their choice. To obtain a copy of Star Clippers' brochure, call (800) 442-0556. To make a reservation, contact a travel professional. For more information call Star Clippers at (800) 442-0551 or visit

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 Carnival’s Short ‘Fun Ship’ Getaways: Convenience & Choice

MIAMI, Dec 12, 2006 – Offering a combination of convenience and affordability, shorter, more frequent vacations are more popular than ever, with an increase of more than 10 percent over the past five years, according to a recent study by the Travel Industry Association of America. To cater to this growing trend, in the coming year Carnival Cruise Lines will deploy roughly half its fleet on short cruises, offering more voyages of five days or less in length than any other cruise operator. Carnival will offer 32 different short cruise itinerary choices from 12 “close-to-home” departure points in 2007, including the first year-round cruise program from San Diego aboard the 2,052-passenger Elation beginning June 2.

“Time is a precious commodity these days and short cruises are perfectly suited to today’s lifestyles. In addition to meeting the needs of busy consumers, short cruises are very popular with families, as well as with first-time cruisers who want to experience our product but with less investment in time and money,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.

Carnival’s 2007 short cruise itineraries include:

  • Fascination – year-round 3-day Bahamas and 4-day western Caribbean cruises from Miami

  • Imagination – year-round 4- and 5-day western Caribbean voyages from Miami 

  • Sensation – year-round 3- and 4-day Bahamas cruises from Port Canaveral, Fla. 

  • Elation – 4- and 5-day Bahamas/eastern Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral (through April 28); year-round 4- and 5-day Mexico cruises from San Diego (beginning June 2, 2007)

  • Inspiration – year-round 4- and 5-day western Caribbean cruises from Tampa 

  • Celebration – year-round 4-day Bahamas and 5-day Key West/Bahamas cruises from Jacksonville, Fla. 

  • Holiday – year-round 4- and 5-day western Caribbean cruises from Mobile, Ala. 

  • Fantasy – year-round 4- and 5-day western Caribbean cruises from New Orleans 

  • Ecstasy – year-round f4- and 5-day western Caribbean cruises from Galveston, TX 

  • Paradise – year-round 3- and 4-day day Baja cruises from Long Beach, Calif. 

  • Carnival Victory – seasonal 4- and 5-day Canada cruises from New York (June 12 – Sept. 3); special 5-day Bahamas cruises departing Charleston, S.C. May 28 and Oct. 16; special 2-day cruises from Norfolk, Va., departing June 9 and Oct. 13

  • Carnival Freedom – special one-time 4-day western Caribbean voyage from Miami departing November 12

  • Carnival Triumph – special one-time 5-day western Caribbean cruise from New Orleans departing Aug. 28 

  • Carnival Miracle – special one-time 2-day cruise departing from New York Oct. 18

Carnival’s short cruise options complement the line’s wide variety of 6- to 16-day “Fun Ship” departures to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Europe and the Greek Isles. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit

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Silversea Takes the Wraps off World Cruise 2008

New York, NY, Dec 12, 2006 - Energized by the overwhelming success of World Cruise 2007, scheduled to depart Fort Lauderdale next month, Silversea is excited to unveil World Cruise 2008, appropriately themed "The Rhythms of the World." The curtain rises on January 16, 2008, when Silver Shadow is set to embark on a 110-day voyage, encircling the world and embracing the cultures of more than 25 countries and over 50 different ports of call.

Departing Fort Lauderdale, the intimate Silver Shadow, with no more than 382 privileged and pampered guests on board, will sail through the Panama Canal and along the Mexican Riviera, following a route of enchantment to no less than four tropical Hawaiian hideaways. Intriguing island destinations like Majuro in the Marshall Islands, Pohnpei in Micronesia, Apra Harbor on the island of Guam, and historic Iwo Jima, all previously unexplored by Silversea, will host inaugural calls. Guests will discover exotic Far East traditions and the timeless beauty of Egypt. They'll savor some of the world's most cherished cuisines and explore the splendors of Italy and Spain before crossing the Atlantic to a warm Caribbean welcome, returning full-circle to Fort Lauderale. Highlights of this epic journey will include extended overnight calls in Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Mumbai and Barcelona.

"A Silversea world cruise is a complete lifestyle experience," said David Morris, Silversea's executive vice president of sales and marketing for North America. "Not only will our guests have the chance to visit incredible destinations and explore fascinating cultures during their voyage, but they'll enjoy an expanded program of onboard and land-based enrichment activities along the way. The sights, experiences, and friendships they take away from their journey will be priceless."

On World Cruise 2008, guests will enjoy spacious, ocean-view accommodations (most with private veranda), sumptuous gourmet cuisine, personalized service, warm Italian hospitality, and Silversea's generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, 24-hour room service, stocked in-suite beverage cabinet and all gratuities. Plus, complimentary Butler Service is provided in the Grand, Royal, Rossellini and Owner's Suites. 

The following complimentary amenities will also be available to guests who book the full 110-day cruise: exclusive shoreside events, including a hosted event on the eve of departure with hotel accommodations and private transfer and baggage handling between airport, hotel and ship; an onboard spending credit; escorted shore excursions to exotic sites in select ports of call; a gala farewell event; and special commemorative gifts. A complimentary Business Class air upgrade is also available for guests who purchase Silversea’s optional Air and Hotel Program. World Cruise 2008 officially opens for reservations on January 2, 2007, when pricing and the complete itinerary will also be available at

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Carnival Corp Exercises Option for New Ship for Costa Cruises & Extends Option for New Holland America Line Ship

MIAMI, Dec. 12 -- Carnival Corporation announced that it has exercised an option for a new 92,700-ton cruise ship for Italian cruise operator Costa Cruises. Additionally, the company has extended the option for a previously announced 86,000-ton ship for Holland America Line.

The new Costa ship, which is scheduled for delivery in March 2010, will have 2,260 lower passenger berths and will be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri at its Marghera shipyard at an all-in cost of approximately 420 million euros. It will be a sister ship to a previously announced 92,700-ton Costa vessel which is scheduled to enter service in spring 2009. With today's announcement, Costa has four new ships on order with a combined capacity of 10,520 lower berths. Once those vessels are introduced, the Costa fleet will have a total of 15 ships.

"Europe is one of the world's fastest growing cruising areas and Costa is the region's preeminent cruise operator. Continuing to invest in new ship construction will enable Costa to maintain its leadership position within the region while providing new and innovative on-board facilities and features for its guests," said Micky Arison, Carnival Corporation & plc chairman and CEO. Added Pier Luigi Foschi, chairman and CEO of Costa Cruises, "With this new ship order, Costa reaffirms its long-term successful association with Fincantieri and its continued role in the development of the Italian economy. We expect this new ship to be highly popular with its many innovative facilities, including a double-deck-high magradome, Samsara spa, Samsara on- board life style concept and other state-of-the-art features."

Carnival is also extending the option for a new 2,044-passenger Holland America Line ship which, if the option is exercised, would be built by Fincantieri and enter service in late 2010. The 86,000-ton Panamax vessel would be the second in the line's new Signature class. The first in the series, the Eurodam, will be delivered in June 2008.

With the addition of the new Costa ship, Carnival Corporation & plc has 18 new ships on order, 12 of which are being built by Fincantieri. Additional information is available on-line at and

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Travel Agents Name Celebrity Cruises President Dan Hanrahan 
Executive of the Year 

MIAMI, Dec. 12 - Travel agents honored Celebrity Cruises President Dan Hanrahan by naming him 2006 Executive of the Year in Travel Trade's annual industry-wide election this month. Under Hanrahan's leadership, Celebrity Cruises has made numerous efforts to put the line's partnership with travel agents in the spotlight. Among these initiatives is a TV ad in which an exuberant guest in eveningwear glowingly thanks her travel agent in Hollywood awards-show-style, for making her Celebrity Cruises experience possible. Travel agents have reacted favorably to being positioned as crucial to the line's accomplishments, and Hanrahan says the spot reflects the way Celebrity feels about travel agents.

"As the woman did in the ad, I'd like to thank our travel agent partners, too, for this incredible honor and their tremendous support," said Hanrahan. "We've always known agents are vital to our success. Our TV campaign illustrates that commitment."

Earlier this year, Celebrity also launched BEST (Being an Extraordinary Sales, Service and Support Team), a program that provides monthly recognition of extraordinary effort by Celebrity's travel agent partners and its own employees. Winners in each department are determined by travel agent feedback and nominations from immediate colleagues and supervisors.

"Dan has really led our efforts to help our agency partners get more of the recognition they deserve, and we promise to continue to introduce more incentive programs and selling tools to help agents be even more successful through the BEST program," said Celebrity's Senior Vice President of Sales Dondra Ritzenthaler. Celebrity has also taken its partnership with travel agents to an unprecedented level by involving them in the $55-million redesign of Celebrity Century, which set sail earlier this year. 

"On behalf of the Celebrity Cruises family, I'm incredibly honored," Hanrahan said. "In addition to thanking our travel agency partners, I would also like to thank our Marketing and Sales teams for their focus on ensuring we have great relationships with travel agents."

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Seabourn's New Ads: 'Only on a Yacht. Only on Seabourn'

MIAMI, Dec 12, 2006 - Ultra luxury cruise leader Seabourn Cruise Line has launched a new advertising campaign aimed at further differentiating its intimate, all-suite ships from the rest of the leisure fleet. In each advertisement, the line's unique ability to provide a personalized experience and intimate exclusivity is summed up in the campaign's tag line: "Only on a Yacht. Only on Seabourn."

Striking, large-scale black-and-white photographic images dominate the advertisements, which  will appear in travel consumer and trade publications beginning in January, 2007. A single visual element in each image is picked out in vivid color, creating an eye-catching accent attracting the viewer's attention to the advertisement's brief headline message. In each ad, a short copy paragraph evokes one of Seabourn's award-winning Signature Delights, an indulgent service or feature of a Seabourn cruise vacation that is embodied by that particular headline and image.

"Everything that is unique about Seabourn is a result of the advantage our intimate yachts give us," said Pamela C. Conover, Seabourn's president and CEO. "The new campaign focuses on exclusivity and attention to detail, which are key elements that help create the memorable, personalized experiences that bring our guests back to us."

Guests on The Yachts of Seabourn enjoy an array of thoughtful enhancements to shipboard and shoreside services called Signature Delights, adding luxury and value for guests on the three 208-guest Yachts of Seabourn: Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend. Signature Delights include complimentary service of spirits and wines including French champagne throughout every cruise, gourmet cuisine created by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer, indulgent Pure Pampering therapeutic bathing selections from Molton Brown and an Exclusively Seabourn complimentary shoreside experience on every cruise.

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One Year to Go Until Cunard's Queen Victoria Debuts

VALENCIA, CA - Dec, 11 - Cunard's newest ocean liner, Queen Victoria will debut in exactly one year, sailing roundtrip from Southampton throughout Northern Europe on her sold-out maiden Christmas Markets voyage, followed by the ship's second sailing - also sold-out - the Maiden Canary Islands Festive Celebration sailing to Southern Europe. 

Queen Victoria will mark a major milestone on January 15, 2007 when she is floated out for the first time at the Fincantieri Cantieri Navali SpA Marghera Shipyard near Venice, Italy, who has been building the ship in the dry dock since May. This is the first ship built for Cunard Line by the renowned Italian shipyard, one of the most technically advanced shipbuilders in the world who have built more than 7,000 vessels. During the float out, the dock valves will be opened for the ship to meet the sea for the first time and special ceremonies will take place to commemorate the initial introduction of the new Cunard Queen to the water. This significant occasion marks the beginning of the final construction stages for the $522 million sister ship to the line's flagship Queen Mary 2 and grande dame of the seas QE2.

"We are excited by the growing anticipation of Queen Victoria's debut. She will become part of the legacy and tradition of the great Cunard Queens," said Carol Marlow, president and managing director of Cunard Line. "We look forward to bringing our guests the newest version of the legendary Cunard voyage experience."

On January 6, 2008, the ship will continue to make history when she embarks on her first World Cruise, the 106-day Pathway to the Explorers voyage. The momentous occasion will take on even more fanfare when Queen Victoria sails into New York for the first time on January 13, meeting Queen Mary 2 and QE2, marking the first time three Cunard Queens will be in port together in the company's 167-year history. Queen Victoria's post-World Cruise itineraries will be announced during 2007.

Queen Victoria will be a quintessential Cunard liner that includes not only hallmark features associated with the luxury brand, but also exciting innovations including private viewing boxes in the Royal Court Theater, alfresco dining for Grill guests, a floating museum display of Cunard memorabilia (Cunardia), and a two-story library with nearly 6,000 books. Expanded details on all of the design features, staterooms, Cunardia and the vessel's amenities and services will be announced throughout 2007, beginning in January.

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Freedom of the Seas Issued "No Sail" by CDC

Miami, FL, 12/10/06 -- The Centers for Disease Control issued a ''no sail'' recommendation after Royal Caribbean International's Freedom of the Seas docked  with 99 passengers and 11 crew members on the ship sick with Norovirus, which causes vomiting and diarrhea. Approximately 570 people on Freedom of the Seas cruises since November 19th have contracted the virus. Similar to a 24-hour gastrointestinal bug, the illness is fairly common both on land and on cruise ships; however, it is rare that a ship is prevented from sailing because of it.

Scheduled to depart the Port of Miami Sunday afternoon for a seven-day Caribbean cruise, Freedom of the Seas will now leave on an abbreviated trip on Tuesday. According to Royal Caribbean, passengers on the shortened cruise will receive a 50 percent refund, as well as a 50 percent discount on their next cruise with the line. Royal Caribbean has offered lodging in Miami-area hotels for passengers who wish to sail and provided $250 for associated expenses. Passengers who chose to cancel will get a refund and a 25 percent discount off their next trip.

The two days in port will be spent giving the ship a thorough scrub-down.

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NCL to Expand Miami Headquarters

MIAMI, Dec 8 -- NCL Corporation today announced that its principal cruise business, Norwegian Cruise Line ("NCL"), has signed a major long-term renewal and expansion of its lease at its current headquarters in Airport Corporate Center, an 11-building office campus located in the Airport West/Doral section of Miami. At this location since 1996, NCL currently leases a total of 208,737 square feet or approximately 20 percent of the Airport Corporate Center campus (including all of building 11 and almost 65 percent of building 10). With the expansion, NCL is leasing an additional 26,000 square feet, and securing expansion options over an additional 40,000 square feet.

"The Airport Corporate Center location has served us well over the last 10 years giving us the flexibility to become one of the largest employers and fastest growing companies in South Florida," said Colin Veitch, president and CEO of NCL Corporation. "Headquartered here in Miami since our founding 40 years ago, we remain committed to this vibrant city and to the more than 1,200 NCL team members based here."

Over the next 24 to 36 months, the company plans to renovate its current space, including the addition of a cafeteria, gym and conference facility. "The refurbished space will provide a smoother, more efficient operation and will facilitate NCL's continued growth," Veitch added.

NCL Corporation Ltd. is an innovative cruise company headquartered in Miami, Florida, with a fleet of 15 ships in service and under construction. The corporation oversees the operations of Norwegian Cruise Line, NCL America, and Orient Lines. The company recently took delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Pearl, and is currently building Norwegian Gem for delivery in October of 2007. In addition, NCL plans to build up to three new third generation Freestyle Cruising ships for delivery between 2009 and 2011. NCL is on target to have the youngest fleet in the industry by 2010, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy the flexibility of Freestyle Cruising on the newest, most contemporary ships at sea.

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For Art Enthusiasts, Regent Announces First Hotel-Cruise 
'Art Travel' Program

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, Dec. 7 -- In conjunction with the kick-off of Art Basel Miami Beach and a partnership with the Bass Museum, Regent introduces the first-ever experiential "art travel" program to be offered by a cruise and hotel company. The Regent Art Experience and Endowment Program, is a multi-faceted program that will give Regent hotel and cruise guests exposure to some of the art world's most prominent players and exhibitions. The program's initiatives will include exclusive hotel-art packages, Circles of Interest(SM) programs aboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and fundraisers, including "Regent Art Endowment" sweepstakes, offering exclusive art experiences to Regent guests.

"Regent is delighted to embrace the art community globally through our cruises and hotels, by offering our guests innovative enrichment experiences focused on art," said Sophie Vlessing, vice president guest strategy and marketing for Regent. "In our on-going commitment to experiential travel, we are offering art enthusiasts unique opportunities to gain private access to art experts, artists and exhibits."

The Regent Art Experience and Endowment Program is launched first in partnership with the Bass Museum of Art, to coincide with the Regent hotel brand's renaissance in North America. Over the next few months, Regent will open two new hotels in the greater Miami area, The Regent South Beach and The Regent Bal Harbour. The program will soon be introduced into Regent's current and future hotel destinations, including Boston, Berlin, Shanghai, and Zagreb.

Art at Sea and Ashore
To bring the art world to the Regent Seven Seas experience, Regent is working with esteemed museums to develop an ongoing series of art-focused Circles of Interest. A Regent signature program, Circles of Interest is a themed enrichment program, featuring lectures, excursions and events that are led by a "Circle" expert and promote camaraderie among guests who share a common interest. For the first Regent Art-focused Circles of Interest program, Regent has partnered with the Bass Museum's Executive Director and Chief Curator, Diane Camber, to lead three Seven Seas Navigator voyages through the Mediterranean. Camber's art excursions will be held in the ports of Sorrento, Venice, Monte Carlo and Florence/Livorno. Guests will have the opportunity to explore Roman ruins, survey Michelangelo's masterpieces throughout Florence and view the private collection of billionaire collector Francois Pinault at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice. On board, Diane will provide unique insights into the life and art of various artists such as Gaudi, Miro, Picasso and Carvaggio.

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Carnival Freedom to Operate Two Transatlantic Crossing in 2008

MIAMI, Dec 6, 2006 – A transatlantic crossing is a dream vacation for many people, combining the romance and allure of the sea with an array of fascinating ports of call. Carnival Cruise Lines makes transatlantic crossings both affordable and convenient and in 2008 will offer consumer two distinctly different choices to enjoy this time-honored maritime tradition. The 110,000-ton Carnival Freedom will operate a 14-day crossing departing Miami April 26, 2008 and a 16-day voyage departing Rome (Civitavecchia) November 6, 2008. Currently in the final stages of construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, Carnival Freedom is slated to debut in Europe March 5, 2007, and will also operate Carnival’s European schedule in 2008.

“In addition to providing an unforgettable vacation experience with a stunning combination of magnificent ports and relaxing days at sea, Carnival’s ‘Fun Ship’ transatlantic crossings are among the best values in travel. Carnival Freedom’s two transatlantic crossings in 2008 provide consumers with an affordable, quality vacation aboard one of the newest and most technically sophisticated cruise ships at sea,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.

14-Day Transatlantic Crossing in April 2008
Carnival Freedom will operate a 14-day transatlantic crossing departing Miami April 26 and arriving Rome (Civitavecchia) May 10, 2008. The voyage offers a diversity of magnificent ports of call, with extended visits to four distinctly different destinations. Featured on the itinerary are daylong calls at St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles; Funchal (Madeira), Portugal; Malaga, Spain; and Livorno, Italy. The voyage will serve to position Carnival Freedom for its previously announced 2008 European cruise season operating May – October.

16-Day Transatlantic Crossing in November 2008
Following its 2008 European cruise schedule, Carnival Freedom will operate a 16-day transatlantic crossing departing Rome (Civitavecchia) November 6 and arriving Fort Lauderdale, Fla., November 22, 2008. During this cruise, guests will have an opportunity to explore a variety of exciting destinations, each offering interesting cultures and historical attractions and landmarks. Five ports are featured on this crossing – Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Malaga, Spain; Las Palmas, Canary Islands – Carnival’s first call at this scenic destination; and St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles. 

‘Fun Ship’ Facilities and Features
One of the largest cruise ships at sea, Carnival Freedom will offer a host of innovative facilities and features, including a 270-square-foot LED screen on Lido deck displaying movies, concerts and other programming, along with “100 percent bow-to-stern” wireless Internet access, and cell phone service. Also featured will be a 13,300-square-foot health and fitness center, four swimming pools, Carnival’s signature “Twister Waterslide,” and “Camp Carnival” and “Club O2,” with supervised activities and expansive facilities for children and teens, respectively. Dining options will include two two-level main dining rooms, a 1,400-seat casual poolside eatery and an upscale reservations-only supper club, along with a patisserie and 24-hour stateroom service. A wide range of spacious accommodation categories are available, many with private balconies – ideal for scenic Caribbean and European cruising. 

Reservations are currently being accepted for the Carnival Freedom’s 14- and 16-day transatlantic crossing taking place in 2008. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit

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Crystal Cruises' 2007 Europe Collection 
Showcases 29 Destination-Rich Itineraries

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 4 -- From the ancient cities along the Aegean and Adriatic seas to the polar ice caps of the North Cape, Crystal Cruises will offer 29 destination-rich itineraries throughout Europe in 2007. Voted the world's best large cruise ships by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity will unlock the antiquities of Europe on cruises departing April 7 through November 9. 

Crystal's 2007 Europe Collection features a vast selection of seven- to 14-day cruises with more overnight stays in the world's grandest destinations; maiden calls to Sochi, Russia and Eidfjord, Norway's second largest fjord; the line's first cruises to and from Toulon, France; and, itineraries crafted around the Tall Ships regatta in Stockholm and the Military Tattoo in Edinburgh. Complementing the majority of itineraries are once-in-a-lifetime exclusive experiences such as the chance to fly a MiG fighter jet over Moscow, private cooking lessons at Le Moulin de Mougins, hot air ballooning over Bordeaux or an Iceland adventure by horseback. In southern Europe from spring through fall, 22 itineraries explore the romance and history of the Mediterranean from the west -- Spain, Portugal, the Canary Islands, France, Monaco; to the east -- Italy, Greece, Croatia, Turkey and Egypt; and on up into the Black Sea. In summer months, travelers will discover the majesty of Northern Europe on seven enriching itineraries through the British Isles, the Norwegian Fjords, the Baltic and even the Arctic Circle.

"Crystal Cruises has individually crafted each European cruise itinerary to provide a rich combination of destinations with more overnight stays and more time in ports," says Bill Smith, Crystal's senior vice president, sales and marketing. "Whether taking a shorter seven-day jaunt or combining several unique cruises to create the ultimate European exploration, luxury travelers will enjoy the grandeur of Europe and the award-winning Crystal experience."

Highlights of Crystal Serenity's Mediterranean season include:

  • Three seven-day cruise options in May and June are offered in addition to 12-day itineraries.

  • For the first time, some of Crystal's Mediterranean cruises will begin or end in Toulon, France; cruises also depart from Venice, Lisbon, Athens, Monte Carlo, Rome, Istanbul and London.

  • All itineraries offer at least one overnight port call or late night stay in cities such as Istanbul, Monte Carlo, Venice, Sorrento, Cannes, Odessa, Alexandria, Athens and Lisbon.

Highlights of Crystal Symphony's Northern Europe and Baltic season include:

  • Two nights, three days in St. Petersburg on several Baltic itineraries.

  • Overnights in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Bordeaux and Edinburgh.

  • A Tall Ships theme cruise adds insights on the world's largest sailing event, hosted by Stockholm in 2007.

  • A 14-day North Cape itinerary from Copenhagen to Stockholm crosses the Arctic Circle en route to Spitsbergen.

  • Lesser known yet fascinating ports of Tallinn, Estonia and Arhus, Denmark.

Crystal Adventures Ashore

For those seeking to venture farther inland, Crystal's European season features three diverse Extended Land Programs, offered pre- or post-cruise on selected itineraries:

  • A journey into the world of ancient castles, palaces and monuments in Prague & Budapest for five-nights on Mediterranean voyages from Rome.

  • Five nights in Vienna & Salzburg showcase Austria's musical history on Mediterranean cruises from Venice.

  • Guests also have the opportunity to experience the spectacular scenery of Europe aboard the Orient-Express pre- and post-cruise depending on itinerary.

The onboard travel experience is enhanced with the line's renowned Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program including destination-specific lectures by the Smithsonian Institution, a PGA-hosted Golf Cruise, guest speakers from the Sotheby's Institute, and Crystal's acclaimed Wine & Food Festival offered on several European itineraries. Guests will also enjoy the progressive programming offered in conjunction with the line's Creative Learning Institute, providing Berlitz language lessons and Yamaha keyboard classes. For additional information, please contact a travel agent or call 888-799-4625. Visit the luxury line's website at

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Royal Caribbean Intl Offers Family Fun with Strategic Alliances

MIAMI, Dec. 4 -- Royal Caribbean International's littlest guests can get their hands dirty and their minds expanded through new onboard family activities offered by Fisher-Price and Lowe's. These partnerships allow young cruisers to have fun while learning and create lasting memories along the way. More than 330,000 children and teens under 18 sailed with Royal Caribbean in 2005, an 8.4 percent increase over 2004, and an impressive 62 percent increase over 1999. With these staggering numbers in mind, the cruise line continues to look for ways to keep their youth programs fresh and entertaining.

Fisher-Price Revs Up CocoCay
Royal Caribbean's guests, ages 3 to 8, accompanied by their parents, can experience a special driving adventure on the Fisher-Price Power Wheels® Track, featured on the cruise line's private island, CocoCay, in the Bahamas. Young driving enthusiasts have the newest Power Wheels® vehicles to choose from, including the Jeep® Hurricane, Ford® Mustang, Cadillac® Escalade™ Custom Edition in either black or Barbie® pink versions, and the Barbie® Beach Party Jeep® Wrangler®.

'Build and Grow' with Lowe's
The 'Build and Grow' with Lowe's program invites parents and their children, ages 5 to 11, to take part in constructing and decorating a Lowe's wooden cruise ship, designed exclusively for Royal Caribbean. The 'Build and Grow' workshops, developed by Lowe's, are interactive and encourage children and parents to work side-by-side. Budding builders receive a cruise ship kit, a Lowe's apron, safety goggles, a certificate of completion and merit patch. 'Build and Grow' is part of Royal Caribbean's Adventure Ocean program, long recognized as one of the industry's premier shipboard youth programs.

"Royal Caribbean's new Power Wheels® Track and 'Build and Grow' programs will be a great complement to our existing Adventure Ocean activities and give children more opportunities to learn and interact with their parents while on vacation," said Charly McDonald, manager, guest vacation and leisure activities, Royal Caribbean International. "Based on guest feedback, our youth programs are hugely successful with families and continue to exceed our guests' expectations."

In addition to the new Power Wheels® Track, Fisher-Price will continue its popular infant and toddler programs fleetwide, in which curriculums created by early childhood experts were developed exclusively for Royal Caribbean. Learning groups are divided into age categories - Aqua Babies, 6 to 18 months and Aqua Tots, 18 to 36 months. Each class offers 45-minute play groups in which parents and their children can explore, discover and imagine with great toys, songs and themed activities.

"High Touch-High Tech" Adventure Science
In a continuing effort to offer its youngest cruisers amazing adventures, Royal Caribbean has re-launched its Adventure Science program. The new "High Touch-High Tech" Adventure Science program, also part of Adventure Ocean, provides participatory science experiences for children of every age. Each interactive program is 45 minutes long with such themes as: Meteorology Madness, Buccaneer's Bounty, The Power of the Sun, Volcanoes, Think Snow and Jurassic Jr.

"Adventure Science continues to be the most exciting program for children on the high seas," said Jaclyn Fink, Adventure Ocean specialist, Royal Caribbean International. "Young cruisers don't expect to conduct fascinating science experiments while on vacation, but 'High Touch-High Tech' brings science to life 1,000 miles out to sea. Before they know it, they've learned the impact made by Isaac Newton in everyday life."

For additional information or to make reservations, see or call (800) 327-6700.

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Seabourn Drops Libya Calls From 2007 Cruises

MIAMI, Dec 4, 2006 -- Seabourn Cruise Line announced that it has cancelled calls in Libya scheduled for the ultra luxury Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend in 2007, due to that country's refusal to permit entry for its guests traveling on U.S. passports. 

"We regret the need to change any itinerary," said Seabourn's president Pamela C. Conover, "but we have repeatedly petitioned the Libyan authorities to allow all of our guests into their country and they have shown no indication that they will do so. Fortunately, there are very attractive alternatives available, and we have added several."

The change affects two cruises, the first of which is a 12-day voyage aboard Seabourn Spirit from Alexandria, Egypt to Rome, departing May 7, 2007. On that cruise, instead of two days at Tripoli and one day at Derna, Libya, guests will enjoy calls at Kusadasi, Turkey, for Ephesus; the Greek Isle of Mykonos, a transit of the Corinth Canal and a call at Itea, Greece, near the ancient ruins of Delphi. The voyage also includes calls at medieval Valletta and Gozo in Malta; Catania on Sicily; a maiden call at the Aeolian island of Lipari and picturesque Sorrento, Italy; ending at Civitavecchia, Italy on May 19. At Kusadasi, all guests aboard Seabourn Spirit will be invited to a complimentary Exclusively Seabourn evening including a private candlelight reception with classical music amid the ruins of Ephesus, after the grounds are closed to the public.

The second affected cruise is an 11-day voyage aboard Seabourn Legend, sailing between Rome and Lisbon on October 27, 2007. On that voyage, visits to Naples, Italy; Palermo, Sicily and Valletta, Malta will replace a scheduled two-day call at Tripoli. The other scheduled ports on the cruise, including Sousse, Tunisia; Cagliari, Sardinia and Malaga, Spain, will remain on the itinerary. At Sousse in Tunisia, all Seabourn Legend guests will be invited to an Exclusively Seabourn experience including traditional Tunisian music in one of the old city's historic Moorish houses.

Complete revised itineraries for both voyages may be viewed on the Cruise Calendar section of Seabourn's website at For more information, contact your travel agent, call Seabourn at 800-929-9391 or visit

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Royal Caribbean Makes a Big Splash in the 'Big Easy'

MIAMI, Dec. 1 -- Royal Caribbean Intl returns to homeport in New Orleans on December 2, when Grandeur of the Seas sails in with balmy 7-night Western Caribbean itineraries on her roster. The 2,400-passenger ship's return will help to boost local tourism -- and spirits -- as the local economy recovers from the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Through April 28, 2007, Grandeur of the Seas will sail to Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman and Costa Maya, Mexico.

Grandeur is part of the Vision-class series of ships, known as "ships of light" and characterized by thousands of windows and stunning glass canopies. The ship comes equipped with a full-service spa, six whirlpools, an outdoor jogging track and a wide variety of bars and restaurants. In addition, Royal Caribbean's Explorations! program gives Grandeur's guests the opportunity to explore New Orleans' history and culture with a guided city tour of the French Quarter, the Garden District and other celebrated neighborhoods in the "Big Easy."

"Royal Caribbean's return to New Orleans means a lot for the cruise line, and hopefully for the city and its people as well," said Adam Goldstein, president of Royal Caribbean International. "The impact of Hurricane Katrina was overwhelming, but we are confident that the return of cruising to New Orleans will help bring back the 'Big Easy,' reinforcing the city's legacy as being a truly world-class destination."

For additional information or to make reservations, go to or call (800) 327-6700.

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Carnival Rolls Out New ‘12 Days of Christmas’ Sales Event

MIAMI, Dec 1 – Carnival Cruise Lines will launch a new sales promotion – the “12 Days of Christmas” – offering a special deal on “Fun Ship” cruises each day between Dec. 3-14, 2006. The new promotion includes discounts, shipboard credits and upgrades on a wide range of three- to eight-day “Fun Ship” departures to the Bahamas, Caribbean, and Mexico, along with a different pricing promotion each day. 

Upcoming offers for the “12 Days of Christmas” sales event include:

  • Dec. 3 - Up to $200 on-board credit per stateroom on Caribbean sailings

  • Dec. 4 - Save up to $200 per stateroom on winter sailings

  • Dec. 5 - Save up to $300 on family bookings on summer sailings

  • Dec. 6 - Save up to $100 on weekend getaways

  • Dec. 7 - Upgrade offer on winter and spring sailings

  • Dec. 8 - Up to $200 on-board credit per stateroom on winter and spring sailings

  • Dec. 9 - Best available upgrades on fall sailings

  • Dec. 10 - Save up to $300 on family bookings on spring sailings

  • Dec. 11 - Save up to $200 per stateroom on winter sailings

  • Dec. 12 - Save up to $200 per stateroom on summer sailings

  • Dec. 13 - Best available upgrades on three- to five-day winter sailings

  • Dec. 14 - Save up to $200 per stateroom on virtually all 2007 sailings

“As people get into the holiday spirit, the thought of ‘togethering’ with family and friends is top of mind and there's no better way to enjoy time with loved ones than on a ‘Fun Ship’ cruise vacation. Therefore, we are spreading some holiday cheer of our own by offering 12 days of terrific cruise bargains which can be applied to a variety of voyages throughout 2007,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.

The promotion is capacity controlled and not combinable with any other discount offer. Applies to new individual bookings only. Certain other restrictions apply. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit

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Give the Gift of an MSC Cruises Experience With Holiday Gift Rates 
& Bonus Upgrades

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Dec. 1 -- MSC Cruises has the perfect gift for those special people on your list this holiday season -- and you get the gift of saving at the same time. When you book a 2007 Deep Caribbean or Panama sailing on MSC Lirica or MSC Opera with special Holiday Gift rates and bonus upgrades, you are sure to be the star of the season. Not only will you be giving a cruise experience with an Italian flavor to some of the Caribbean's most beautiful locales, but you will also be saving as much as 65 percent off retail rates. Plus, bonus upgrades of up to three categories add as much as $150 to the value of the gift.

"This is a gift that will have people looking forward to 2007 and will leave them with memories that will last a lifetime," says Richard E. Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises (USA).

Special Holiday Gift rates are available on select 11-night sailings of MSC Lirica and MSC Opera roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale Jan. 9-April 18, 2007 and must be booked by Dec. 31, 2006. Holiday Gift rates include upgrades of inside to outside staterooms and are not valid for balcony or suite staterooms. Full nonrefundable payment is due within 24 hours of booking. The offer may not be combined with any other discount or promotion. Restrictions apply. For more information about MSC Cruises' Holiday Gift rates, visit a local travel agent. For more information about MSC Cruises, visit

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